A Christmastime treat for adults and children, the US Botanic Garden's "Season's Greetings" showcases Washington signature buildings and monuments and model trains set amid pathways and pools of poinsettias and other holiday plants. Each year, the gardens presents a different unique theme. For 2013, it was the "World's Fair," containing an entire room of iconic buildings and designs from previous World Fairs—the Statue of Liberty, the Bartholdi Fountain, the Ferris Wheel, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Space Needle. The amazing part is that the structures are completely made up of 100 percent natural plant materials!
Free admission from 10am to 5pm daily. Extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8pm for free musical performances ranging from jazz to a cappella.
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Oasis at US Botanic Garden
Take a break from sightseeing or even as a local, use your lunch break to discover the beauty of the US Botanic Garden. When I walked into the main room, it looked an smelled out of a garden in a upscale hotel in Thailand. As you navigate through the different rooms, you're exposed to beautiful orchids, cacti, and lush trees. Absolutely breathtaking.